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Parent and Student Information

This Week

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Weekend Activities and Community Service (2/22-2/24)

Community Life Sign-up

Community Life Calendar

Activities with * require a sign-up.

Friday, 2/22/19 

  • 6:30-7:45 Chess and other strategy games in student lounge
  • 6:00-8:00 Westford Shuttle (Departs @ 6pm)
  • 7:00-8:00 Winter Dance Show (Black Box)
  • 7:00-10:45 80's Movies in MacNeil
  • 8:00-10:00 80's Party - Best 80's movies, food, candy & games. Sponsored by Spartan Nation.
  • 8:00-10:30 Open Gym

Saturday, 2/23/19

  • 12:00-2:00 The Point Shuttle (departs @12)
  • 12:00-5:00 Movies in MacNeil
  • 1:00-5:00 Library Open
  • 5:00-11:00 Oscar Best Picture Movie Night: Green Book, Bohemian Rhapsody & Black Panther (View 3 of the movies nominated for best picture, eat movie snacks and vote for best picture.) Sponsored by A/V Club.
  • 6:30-7:45 Grocery Bingo
  • 7:00-11:00 Belmont Hill Dance*
  • 8:00-10:30 Open Ice & Open Gym
 Sunday, 2/24/19
  • 12:15-2:45 CS Project- Seven Hills Craft & Visit* (2 hrs)
  • 12:00-4:00 Point Shuttle - see a movie, shop or eat out (departs from LA @12, 1:15, 2:30; last shuttle leaves The Point at 3:40)
  • 12:00-7:30 Movies in MacNeil
  • 1:00-5:00 Library Open
  • 1:00-3:00 Open Weight room & Fitness Center and Open Gym
  • 2:45-4:15 Cash Cab to Circle of Life ($10 for fast food - must be on the bus to get the cash to buy the food)
  • 6:00-7:30 Study Break - DIY Facials & Fruit in MacNeil

Meal Times...

  • FRIDAY: Dinner 4:45pm-6:30pm
  • SATURDAY: Brunch 10:00am-12:00pm; Dinner 5:00pm-6:00pm
  • SUNDAY: Brunch 10:00am-12:00pm; Dinner 5:00pm-6:00pm

Community Life Meetings & News

Upcoming Community Life Events & Meetings

  • New Spartan Community Collection for the month of February - PJ's for Cradles to Crayons - Join the Boston Bruins in helping this organization collect new pajamas, infant size through adult small or medium. 
  • Exam Week Study Breaks(draft): 
    • Sunday - DIY Facials & Fruit in MacNeil 6:00-7:30
    • Monday- Nerf & Nuggets at Park House 6:00-7:30
    • Tuesday- TBD
    • Wednesday- Spartan Spirit (and Dribble & Donuts in gym - time TBD based upon when games end)
  • Wednesday 2/20/19 lunch Full SG Group Meeting (recital hall)
  • Friday 2/22/19 MX Community Life SG Committee (MacNeil)
  • Tuesday, Exam Week 2/26/19 12:45-1:15 Special Events SG Committee (Prom 2020) (SH312)
  • Wednesday, Exam Week 2/27/29 1:00-2:00 On-Campus S.W.A.T. (SH 312)

Student Government Committees

Anyone may join a committee – students do not need to be elected to SG to be a member of a committee. Faculty are welcome to join the committees as well. Click here to join a committee.

  • Community Life Committee – this the group works on activities, the calendar of events and plans specific weekend events together. Club leaders, proctors, and anyone else who wants to get involved with the activities we offer beyond the academic day may serve on this committee.
  • Food Committee – meet with DH staff to discuss suggestions and ideas for our meals; assist with planning and implementing themed meals
  • Special Events Committee – plans homecoming, formal events, and end of year activities like a field day and the underclassman night.
  • AAA (Academics, Arts, and Athletics) a space to discuss the intersection of these areas and how to strengthen that intersection or to discuss issues which affect these areas.

General School Information

Information & Resources

  • The FAQ Page - has valuable information regarding the 2018 - 2019 school year.
  • Be sure to check out This Week at LA. There, you will find the School Year At-a-Glance Calendar, the academic newsletter, the Monthly Calendar, and the Athletic Calendar. A new newsletter is generally uploaded on Friday;
  • Another way to stay in the know is to follow us on social media (via Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and Facebook).

Parents' Association Information/Meetings/Dates

Parents' Association: Information/Meetings/Dates

PA Freshman Parent coffee Friday, January 11, 8 p.m.
Join assistant Head of School for Student Life, Libby Margraf, and Director of Parent Engagement and Support, Hellie Swartwood, for coffee and discussion.

Tuesday, January 22, 6:30 p.m.
PA Meeting, MCC, Volunteer updates and comments from LA Head of School Dan Scheibe

Thursday, February 7
Faculty and Staff Appreciation Lunch
MacNeil Lounge

Saturday, February 9, 10:30 a.m., MCC
Learn about Academics and Student Life at LA, with Assistant Head of School of School for Academic Life. Jamie Baker, and Assistant Head of School for Student Life Libby Margraf

Saturday, May 4, 6:30 p.m.
Spring Social, The Terrace

Tuesday May 14, 6:30 p.m.
Final PA Meeting, MCC

Information & Resources

Attendance, Travel and Sign-Out Information

Expectations: Attendance, Travel & Sign-Outs

  • If your child is a day student and you need to report their absence from class or their afternoon commitment, please call the daily attendance line (978-448-1518) or e-mail Tanya Clark (tclark@lacademy.edu).
  • If your child is a boarding student, please note the following attendance options…
    • Normal WEEKEND departures are submitted by the student through the REACH system.
    • Daily absences (you’re taking your child to the doctor’s office, etc.) and WEEKNIGHT absences (your child is spending a weeknight at home) must be communicated directly through the daily attendance line (978-448-1518) or by e-mail to Tanya Clark (tclark@lacademy.edu).
    • After 3:30 PM, and on weekends, please contact the faculty member on duty (OD) at 978-758-7896 to update the school about your boarder’s sign-out. Parents/guardians must communicate this information directly, students cannot call in changes themselves.
    • All weekend sign-outs are due by 1:00 PM on Thursday. REACH shuts down at this time and does not accept new sign-outs until 8:00 PM on Sunday. 
  • Transportation and lodging.
    • Students may not use Uber. Lawrence Academy has a list of approved drivers and services that have passed all of the necessary background checks. Please contact Andrew Healy, dean of students, for more information.
    • Students may not sign-out to a hotel unless a parent or guardian is present.

Day Student Bus Schedule

Bus Information

  • LEXINGTON, CONCORD AND ACTON (SCHEDULED STOPS)
    • (1) Lexington, Harrington School, 328 Lowell Street 6:50 AM
    • (2) Alcott House Lexington Rd (AM) Concord, PM drop off at Rte. 2 at Crosby's Corner Mobil Station 7:10 AM
    • (3) Concord, Rte. 2 at Paparazzi Restaurant 7:20 AM
    • (4) Acton, Rte. 2A/119 at the Makaha Restaurant (AM) 7:25 AM
    • Note: PM drop-off is across the street at Donelan's
  • ANDOVER (SCHEDULED STOPS)
    • (1) Downtown Andover (Chestnut Street parking lot located behind CVS) 7:00 AM
    • (2) Route 133 intersection @ the Boston Sports Club 7:10 AM
  • SPECIAL DEPARTURE TIMES
    • Friday, September 9th (7:00 PM departure)(Class dinners)
    • Friday, October 19th (5:00 PM departure)(Parents' Weekend)
    • Monday, November 5th (7:00 PM departure)(Winterim Night)
    • Thursday, November 15th (5:00 PM departure)(Last day of fall exams)
    • Monday, December 10th (7:45 PM departure)(Holiday concert)
    • Thursday, February 28th (2:00 PM departure)(Last day of winter exams)
    • Monday, March 4th - Thursday, March 14th (4:30 PM departure)(Winterim)
    • Friday, March 15th (6:30 PM departure)(Winterim Wrap-Up Night)
    • Tuesday, May 28th (2:00 PM departure)(Prom)
    • Thursday, May 30th (5:00 PM departure)(Class of 2019 Parent Dinner)
    • Friday, May 31st (2:00 PM departure)(Graduation)
    • Thursday, June 6th (2:00 PM departure)(Last day of spring exams)
NOTES
  • Both bus lines arrive on campus at approximately 7:45 AM. The academic day starts at 8:00 AM.
  • Return departure from Lawrence Academy in the fall and spring is 6:30 PM (during the winter, the return is at 7:00 PM). The bus leaves from behind the dining hall.
  • Students who are not able to catch the evening bus due to an away game, late practice or other school commitment must arrange for their transportation that evening; bus service is not adjusted to accommodate late practices or games.
  • During the winter months, a one hour snow delay bumps the listed departure back by one hour, a two hour delay bumps the listed departure back by two hours, etc.
  • When school is cancelled (weather, head's holiday or long weekend) bus service to campus is also cancelled.

LA Cares: Service At LA

LA Cares: Service At LA

UPDATED with CS options in Groton & Westford Area

Visit Community Life Sign-up page for all CS options and weekend activities. Also visit the Community Life Calendar.

Spartan Community Collection for the month of February:

PJ's for Cradles to Crayons - Join the Boston Bruins in helping this organization collect new pajamas, infant size through adult small or medium. 

View the full monthly collection list.

The community service graduation requirement of 6 hours a year must be done during the academic year, early September 2018  through early June 2019 for freshman, sophomores and Juniors.  Seniors (Class of 2019) must have their community service – senior year and all previous incomplete years – done by February 22, 2019, the last day of winter term classes.  We always encourage students to volunteer over the summer for programs they are interested in learning more about, however summer hours may not be used towards the small requirement we have.

Click here to read about how to verify service hours. Many projects are offered through Lawrence Academy on the weekend and are posted in the weekend activities here on The Page or on the community service webpage.  (Summer service, is wonderful and encouraged, but not accepted as part of our requirement.)
 
Community Service Opportunities: Play baseball with kids with disabilities, help build a house for a deserving family, organize donations for children and teens in need, visit with senior citizens and adults and children with disabilities, serve a meal at a soup kitchen, and more. Check out the full list of CS options through our online community life sign-ups.  All CS projects have the possible service hours to be earned in parenthesis after the title.  (The start and end times include travel time, if the project is away from campus. Travel time is not counted towards required service hours.)

Upcoming "on-your-own" service options in the Groton & Westford Area:

Organization

Massachusetts Special Olympics - Nashoba Shooting Stars Special Olympics Ski Team

Event/Activity

Ski buddy/coach

Service description

Seeking on-snow Volunteers who share our passion to help our 45 developmentally challenged Athletes to ski and ride safely, have fun and enhance and improve their snow sports skills.

  • We offer support and training with on-snow classes and a digital training manual.
  • Group Leaders at every ski level to provide support, orientation and assistance.

You will help Special Olympic athletes of varying ability levels ski.  You are sort of like a ski buddy and you will be an integral part of the ski team.

Where

Nashoba Valley Ski Area, 79 Powers Rd. in Westford, MA.

Date

January 6, 2019 to March 16, 2019

Time
Committee to 1 practice time or do both:
  • Sunday afternoons from 2:00 to 4:00 PM
  • Tuesday evenings from 6:30 to 8:30 PM 

Possible hours

20 – 40 hours

Contact info
Bob and Judy Russell
BobJudyDJ@Verizon.net
Tel: 978-448-3087
Cell : 978-337-2326 ( Judy ) 
Home Address : 7 Otter Lane, Groton, MA 01450 

Other info

Volunteers need to complete and send a Volunteer Registration Form by mail to our home.

Volunteers age 18 and older :  https://www.specialolympicsma.org/wp-content/uploads/SOMA- Class-A-Volunteer-Form-18-and-Older1.pdf

Volunteers age 17 and younger :   https://www.specialolympicsma.org/wp-content/uploads/SOMA- Under-18-Class-A-Volunteer-Form.pdf

DRAFT Weekend Activities & Community Service (3/1-3/3)

DRAFT ONLY - subject to change

Friday, 3/1/19

Saturday, 3/2/19

Sunday, 3/3/19

 


2019 Yearbook Information

2019 Yearbook

Here is the information to create a tribute to your graduate in the 2019 yearbook. Remember to scroll down to see the whole PDF!

We appreciate very much your participation which helps us to cover the cost of the yearbook production.

  • Yearbook may be purchased online, through the LA website. 
  • Senior portraits will be due early November. 
  • School portraits will be used unless another portrait is submitted to us. 
  • Please use the following to submit 1.5 x  2.5 inch portraits: yearbook@lacademy.edu


Thank you, Laurie McGowan (lmcgowan@lacademy.edu) and the Yearbook Staff

2019 Women's Volunteer Trip to Give Kids the World Village

 Click here for information on LA's first women's volunteer trip. We will spend 3.5 days volunteering for Give Kids the World Village in Orlando, Florida.  Faculty and parents are invited to join this "Winterim-like" trip.

Summer Opportunity in Italy

Florence, Italy: Summer 2019

SAI and Florence University of the Arts (FUA) are pleased to offer high school
students from all academic backgrounds the possibility to enroll in college-level
courses while nurturing their knowledge and talents in a safe and supportive
environment. Courses are supplemented by hands-on activities: excursions to
important centers of Italian art and culture; business, design and studio art classes
supported by state-of-the-art facilities; cooking classes in professional kitchens;
and fun sporting activities. In addition, Italian language courses offer beginning level
students the tools to communicate in everyday life while taking advantage of
the city of Florence as a classroom.

SAI offers a 3 week and 4 week option, in which students earn 6 or 9 college
credits while living in one of the most treasured centers of art, business, culture
and history in the world.

For more information click here or email Laurie McGowan at lmcgowan@lacademy.edu.

Weekly Parent eNews 2018 - 2019

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